A couple weeks ago David O. Russell decided not to direct the highly anticipated adaptation, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which left the job open for some of Hollywood’s most eager filmmakers. According to a report from The Wrap, some heavy hitters have made the directing shortlist including Oscar winner Jonathan Demme and Let Me In helmer Matt Reeves. Check out the rest of the candidates below…
Besides Demme and Reeves, sources claim that Mike White and the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are all up for the director’s job. There’s also Mike Newell, David Slade, and Neil Marshall who have been named as potentials according to a report from Deadline. They claim that Newell is currently the front runner of the group but he’s still meeting with the folks over at Lionsgate, so nothing has been finalized.
Out of this group, we’d love to see any one besides Newell direct this film. It’s nothing personal but Prince of Persia was ridiculously boring. There was a lot of exposition and not enough entertainment. This isn’t to undercut his talent as a director but it did leave a bit of a dark spot on his resume. If the studio does hire him for the job, we can only hope that he uses it as a way to redeem himself in the eyes of those who were disappointed by his last film.
Who do you think should direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?